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The Humanity Benefactor Foundation is a non-profit, no-stock Michigan Corporation that was founded in 1931 by Alfred William Lawson.  The HBF remains the custodian of the many books, pamphlets, articles and speeches that the founder wrote during the course of his lifetime.  The primary object of the foundation is to educate the people in the progressive knowledge that encompasses a lifetime of Mr. Lawson's work and accomplishments.  The foundation was designed to supervise the distribution of the founder's literature.  His ideas, beliefs, or theories are not mingled with that of any other person or organization.

Who Is Alfred William Lawson?

Alfred William Lawson was born in 1869 and passed away in 1954.  His talent and multi-faceted career encompassed many successful endeavors and accomplishments.

As a pioneer in the Aircraft Industry from 1908 - 1931, Alfred Lawson created and launched two successful aeronautical magazines, entitled "Fly" and "Aircraft" to advance the progress of aviation, educate the public, and to generate wide-spread interest in the possibilities of a new industry and a new method of transportation.  In 1910 when Mr. Lawson established the magazine "Aircraft", the word itself was trademarked by the United States Patent Office.  In 1912, while editing the "Glossary of Aviation" terms, the word "Aircraft" was subsequently added to Webster's Dictionary. The years he devoted to the development of his aeronatical magazines also afforded him the opportunity to study aviation from every angle, and develop the practical possiblities of future air transportation. 

As an inventor, designer, navigator, and manufacturer, with remarkable success in the aircraft industry building smaller planes, Alfred Lawson's vision and focus remained on larger airliners.  At that time, one plane carried only one passenger and one pilot making it impossible to compete with the other current modes of transportation on a practical level. So in 1919, Alfred Lawson invented and built the first passenger airliner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The Lawson Airliner had the ability to carry eighteen passengers with only one pilot and thus solving the economic problem of air transportation.  In 1920, the United States Post Office Department awarded Mr. Lawson the contract to carry the mail through the air over three different routes.  This was the first regular airmail contract ever given by the United States Government to anyone.  

In the years between 1921 and 1931, Alfred Lawson had become identifed with a number of corporations, leagues, and associations in the capacity of organizer, manager, president and chairman of the board.   While focusing on inventions, manufacturing and industry building; as well as the founding of the airlines, he became schooled in labor, industry, finance, natural and man-made economics.  Thus, he developed an understanding of practical management for the greatest good of the greatest number of people, which would subsequently become his primary focus until his death in 1954.

Alfred Lawson's chief desire in life was to do those things that had not been done before, and that others could not do.  He was a practical originator of methods for the general advancement of mankind physically, economically, intellectually and spiritually.  As an author, his life's journey is completely documented from the early years of gaining knowledge to the latter years of reflecting upon it. 

The Direct Credits Society

Throughout Alfred Lawson's life, his innate instinct was to contribue unselfishly to humanity.  After his enormous contributions in the aircraft industry, he embarked upon a very different path.   Economically, the pivitol point in his life came with " The Great Depression" that brought a nation to it's knees.  He began to passionately focus on the economic condition of the country, and it was then that he made a conscious decision to dedicate the remainder of his life to the benefit of all mankind economically, physically, mentally and spiritually.  In 1931, he wrote the book Direct Credits for Everybody, and subsequently founded the Direct Credits Society advocating "Justice For Everybody That Harms Nobody".  "The Direct Credits Society, a non-political association, was founded primarily to eliminate pauperism.  It was organized to operate perpetually as a safeguard for everybody's economic interests without interfering with their politcal, religious or personal inclinations.  The platform of the Direct Credits Society was based upon the economic plan described in his book "Direct Credits For Everybody" which shows how everybody must stand together economically for self-preservation, whether standing together otherwise or not.  The object of the Direct Credits Society was to secure as large a member ship as possible without fees or other obligations, to express their economic convictions collectively through their officers before Congress for the enactment of laws beneficial to everybody.  The basic principles of the Direct Credits Society were to uphold the American form of Government; to stand for capitalism with improved finance; to harmonize capital and labor; to defend weak children and feeble old folks; to demand square treatment and better living conditions for everybody; to give a higher value to human beings than money".  Simultaneously, he published a powerful newspaper called "The Benefactor".  In it's day, the distribution of his newspaper, and the many public speaking engagements throughout the United States attracted tens of thousands of people to his economic plan. 


Quotations From Alfred Lawson's Literature

"As man advances through the acquirement of provable knowledge, so must his religion advance with him." 

"The real essence and pleasure of life can only be extracted when mankind labors harmoniously together as a unit, instead of each individual struggling separately and murderously to obtain the largest portion of the earth's blessings."

"One does not have to argue about the truth.  It proves itself."

"No man can know his own mind unil he can think beyond the customs that enslave him."

"One cannot be a slave of destructive habits and be master of his own mind."

"One is never too young or never too old to begin to increase efficiency and length of life.

"The object of life is to create and develop intelligence to the highest degree of usefulness."

"Just as perfect mental efficiency cannot be had in an inefficient physical thing, neither can efficient spirituality be had in an inefficient mental thing.  Spirituality, therefore, aims to develop the highest typeof physical and mental things."

"Selfishness is the root of all evil; eradicate selfishness from humanity and the earth will be heaven.

"The surest way to make the world better is to begin with yourself."


Lawsonian Religion

It was also in 1949 that Alfred Lawson founded "Lawsonian Religion".  The primary object of Lawsonian Religion was to make known the progressive knowledge that Mr. Lawson spent a lifetime deciphering and explaining.  These principles were not mixed with any other beliefs, philosophies, or theories.  His aims were to improve mankind through beneficial and humane methods by stimulating the minds of people toward progressive physical, mental, moral, and spiritual action whereby selfishness in mankind could ultimately be eliminated, and justice for everybody that harms nobody would finally prevail.  For the remainder of his life he refused all offers of payment for his services.  He believed that "Great deeds can be accomplished by man if he will develop the mental strength to produce them" and he continued to produce some of his finest work covering the physical, mental, and spiritual manifestations of life in the written literature he penned for posterity.

The University Of Lawsonomy

In 1943, Alfred Lawson, without profit to himself, created and granted the Des Moines University Of Lawsonomy, originally located in Des Moines, Iowa, the license of utilizing and teaching the contents of all the books, pamphlets, articles and speeches that were written and copyrighted during his lifetime.  It was Alfred Lawson's desire that people everywhere be afforded the opportunity to benefit, to the fullest extent, through their publication and education.  The location of the University of Lawsonomy is in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.


Quotations Continued............

"He who improves his inherited weakess is stronger than he who boasts of his inherited strength.

"It requires far more courage to suffer pain for a good cause than to inflict pain upon others."

"If you hit another with a club and tell him you love him, he will not believe you."

"Equality of which people now boast, exists merely in their imagination."

"The thought is the mightiest force for good or evil humanity has to contend with."

"Character is more valuable to nature than wealth."

"The purity of the soul is gaugd by the unselfish actions of the mind."

"Health must come first in the life of man."

"Life requires action....Death requires nothing."

"The unselfish know no fear."

"Character is more valuable to nature than wealth."

"The will to do right creates the master character."

"Superquality is the ability to think more of the greater body of which we are a part then we do of ourselves as units of it."




















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Alfred Lawson's " Fountain of Intelligence" illustrates not only that growth extends from the center, but that it is capable of infinite expansion.


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